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Tesla Roadster Trumps Supercars in Drag Race

Plenty of exotic supercars made their way to Russ Beach Smith Falls Airport to take part in the ‘Race the Runway 2012′ charity event that raises money for the Russ Beach Smith Falls-Montague Aviation Museum. At the event, millions of dollars worth of exotics took part in a 1/4-mile drag race on the paved runway, with an electric Tesla Roadster turning in the best time of the day.

The Tesla Roadster ran an impressive 10.39 seconds in the quarter mile and bested the likes of a Nissan GT-R (11.536), Ford GT (11.691), Dodge Viper ACR (12.023), a Porsche Carrera GT (12.273), and even a Ferrari Cailfornia (12.639). Of course most of those vehicles listed aren’t made to go fast in a straight line, but other things to take into account is driver experience and traction, two main components of a fast e.t. in drag racing.

That’s not to say the time wasn’t impressive for the electric convertible. Any 10-second car is a fast one, but let’s not jump to any hasty conclusions that the Tesla Roadster would outperform a GT-R or a Viper on a road course.

By Jason Siu

Tesla Model S Sets Quarter Mile Record for Production Electric Vehicle – Video

The Tesla Model S packing 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque has garnered another accolade: World Record for the Quickest Production Electric Car.

Out at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), the Model S turned in a best time of 12.371 @ 110.84 mph in the quarter mile, running the sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. On hand was the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) to confirm that the Tesla Model S did indeed set a new world record for the quickest production electric vehicle in the quarter mile.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Tesla Model S Review

The test car was even equipped with the 21-inch wheel and tire package, which weigh more than the standard 19-inch offering. The Model S weighed in at 4,690 pounds at the weight scale at PBIR, sans driver.

Watch a video of the Tesla Model S battling it out with a Dodge Viper SRT10 below.

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[Source: Drag Times]

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By Jason Siu